How to charge the iPad 3 when planning a trip to Russia

A guide showing how to power your iPad 3 with a Russian power outlet with an Apple USB 30-pin cable with a two pin Type C USB adapter and how to charge the iPad 3 using a two pinned Type F power plug.

Russian power outlet

Different combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad 3 when you're in Russia.This page contains a simple guide showing what you'll need to power the iPad 3 when you are visiting Russia using their types F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will find most Russians use Type F plug outlets. If visiting Russia from a different country make sure the iPad 3 can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 3.

Charging the iPad 3 in Russia

Can you use the iPad 3 in Russia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad 3 to a Russian power outlet.

What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Russia?

When travelling with more than your iPad 3 and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Russia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Russians use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your iPad 3 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters, plus support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your iPad 3 at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Russia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Russia. [8] [AD]
What is the best power charger for recharging the iPad 3 in Russia?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Russian power outlet

Instructions on how to charge the iPad 3 from a Russian power outlet with a 30 pin connector and a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. To power the iPad 3 from a Russian power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - the cable is typically included with the iPad 3 by Apple.
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply, also called the Europlug, can be identified by two round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between one to four hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad 3 from a Russian power outlet

Powering the iPad 3 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using a USB 30-pin Apple connector with a Type F power charger to charge the iPad 3 from a Russian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad 3 from the Russian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (the cable is typically included with the iPad 3 by Apple).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the power supply. You can recognise the plug supply by two large circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the charging cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad 3. The iPad 3 dock connector is found at the base of the iPad 3.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right corner of the iPad 3 screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging and takes roughly 60-240 minutes to completely recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPad 3 with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Russian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, £5-£10.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, estimated price around £5.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.